Finnair Cargo enters strategic partnership with IAG Cargo

Finnair Cargo enters strategic partnership with IAG Cargo

The Nordic region’s largest air cargo carrier, Finnair Cargo, has signed an agreement to participate in the IAG Cargo Partner Plus Programme.  The partnership will allow both carriers to offer customers enhanced network connectivity, as well as the benefits through confirmed bookings and a higher on-load priority.

It will also give Finnair Cargo customers access to markets in South and North America as well as Africa, as the introduction of the IAG network connections offers expanded route availability via London (LHR) and Madrid (MAD).  For IAG Cargo the addition of Finnair to the programme will provide additional capacity across the globe, including to Finnair's strategic destinations in North East Asia.

The Finnish carrier is the latest cargo operator to join the Programme, which also includes Qatar Airways, Japan Airlines, the Avianca group and American Airlines.

Juha Järvinen, Finnair’s chief commercial officer, explained the benefits of the new relationship: “This closer cooperation with IAG Cargo will provide our customers better access to many markets beyond our own network.  This is an innovative way to grow reach and one that we believe will prove mutually beneficial to IAG Cargo and ourselves."

Steve Gunning, IAG Cargo’s chief executive officer, added: “The benefit for customers is clear and with the addition of Finnair we are now able to deliver enhanced connectivity to key destinations through a partner that matches our values of customer service excellence and operational reliability.